Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Texas Hill Country (1hr NW of San Antonio)
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The 'right now' throttle can be fun. I had a Ford Mustang rental with the V-8 once and thought, "This is going to be great!" I got on the interstate and had some clear road ahead, so I hit the gas. The engine spooled up, then the transmission loaded up and THEN (finally) the acceleration occurred. I was just stunned. It was ridiculous. Like pulling a rubber band back, then letting it go. Almost like waiting for a turbo (anyone remember turbo lag?)
My CBR929 was RIGHTNOW! with throttle input whereas the CBR954 was more smooth and gradual, like a carbureted bike. The CBR954 was so much better in the corners, but the 929 'felt' faster and more entertaining. Funny how things can be like that.
I think the Gixxus strikes a decent balance between quick acceleration but without being as abrupt as that old 929 was, which helps. I can just imagine how smooth and silky things could be if the bike builders didn't have to cut all fuel in off-throttle to account for emissions. But I get it - 6 billion people on the planet and still growing. Gotta do something about the stuff spitting out the exhaust so we can all keep breathing 'good' air. Still...I miss the way a dialed in, carbureted bike felt coming on throttle...sssmmmooooottttttthhhhhh.